The French brought the hotel business into Vietnam from the 80s of the nineteenth century by building first hotels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), followed by Hanoi and Hue. However, through the ups and downs of history, there is a handful of hotels which still preserve their old beauty and continue to develop until now.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Built in 1901 by two French investors, Metropole is the first five-star hotel and one of the oldest hotels in Hanoi.
During the anti-American resistance war, the hotel became a meeting point for politicians, diplomats and famous international figures who are interested in the Vietnam War. At that time, the hotel had to build an air-raid shelter that was rediscovered when the building was restored in 2012. As the war was about to end and Western countries started to open diplomatic relations with Vietnam, this was place where many countries chose to set provisional embassy.
Sofitel Metropole now has 364 rooms including 32 suites. The hotel is divided into two areas - the old Metropole and the new Opera area. All rooms except Premium rooms have an extra bed and can accommodate up to 3 guests.
Saigon Hotel - Morin
Located in one of the best locations in Hue city, with four facades of Le Loi - Hung Vuong, Hoang Hoa Tham - Truong Dinh intersections, next to Truong Tien Bridge and the romantic Huong Giang River. Saigon Morin Hotel is famous for its French architecture, luxurious facilities and high level of service. Built in 1901, Saigon Morin Hotel is not only known as the first hotel of Central Vietnam but also the historical symbol of Hue tourism in particular and Vietnam tourism in general.
Besides serving customers with professional products and services, Saigon Morin also bringing visitors an exciting experience of its 100-year history.
Continental Hotel Sai Gon
Hotel Continental Sai Gon is the most popular old hotel in Saigon with more than 130 years old. Inaugurated in the 1880s of the 19th century, the Continental Sai Gon Hotel owns a romantic classic French-style and used to play host to many celebrities like President Jacques Chirac, British writer Graham Green, model Kate Moss. With 4 star standard, the hotel comprises 86 rooms, luxuriously decorated, equipment in the room is designed in classic style by wood material, creating cozy space of the present in combination with the past beauty. In addition, the hotel also has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and many other services situated in the heart of the city, this is convenient for tourists as well as businessmen working in the city.
It is one of the famous hotels of Ho Chi Minh City and a symbol for the splendor of Sai Gon at that time. Since its construction, Majestic underwent and has witnessed a lot of historic changes of Saigon. The person who paid for the construction of the Majestic Hotel was the most affluent Vietnamese Chinese merchant in Saigon - Gia Dinh at that time, named Hui Bon Hoa (also known as Mr.Hoa) who was ranked the richest among merchants. His wealth was considered as mysterious anecdotes, his name was associated with many famous works such as Museum of Fine Arts, Tu Du Hospital, Saigon Emergency Center, Guest House Government, Binh Tay market and so on.
Experiencing historical periods after the country’s unification, Majestic Hotel was renamed Cuu Long, but trading name was still Majestic, under the management of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department. By 2007, this hotel was recognized 5 star standard by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.